This should be worth a lot of fun discussion.
The Hall of Fame needs to be reserved for the very best of the best to ever lace up skates. It is not the Hall of Very Good or the Hall of Longevity or the Hall of Milestone Numbers. Only the top players in the history of the game should be enshrined there.
I want you to honestly answer one question for me: Is Chris Osgood one of the best players to ever play the game?
It is a simple yes or no question without regard to his numbers or who else is in the Hall. Unless you're looking through Red Wing-colored glasses, you have to say no.
That is where Osgood falls short. The eyeball test. If you've seen him play, it is hard to say he is one of the best ever.
How often was he considered one of the best players among his contemporaries in the NHL? How often was he even considered one of the best players on his team? Heck, how often was it a 100-percent lock that he was even the best goalie on his team?
Osgood's accomplishment is truly amazing. After he retires he should have his number taken out of circulation by the Wings, and I am sure he will get elected into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. That is where it should end.
Enjoy Chris Osgood's career in Detroit for what it is and you won't be disappointed when the Hockey Hall of Fame does not come calling.